MACHIAVELLI, MACHIAVELLI

by John Upton

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MACHIAVELLI, MACHIAVELLI

by John Upton

For years, Mayor Leah Hunt has ruled her suburban council with a benign eye and a rod of iron. But suddenly, after a ratepayer revolt over a scheme to desex stray cats, she’s voted out. Council has been her life but now, at 60, she’s without purpose and her political friends and allies have strangely disappeared. But Leah is courageous, indomitable and a tough political operator as, with a wry eye to human folly, she picks up the pieces to start again.

Produced at Northside Theatre in Sydney in 1985, starring Ruth Cracknell and directed by Di Drew. Subsequently at Hunter Valley Theatre Company, again starring Ruth Cracknell, directed by Brent McGregor. In 2006 it was revived at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne (with political humour updated), starring Libby Stone and directed by David Myles.

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